There have been plenty of advocates coming forward recently — most notably Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe — asking for the NFL to consider altering its marijuana policy because of the medicinal use that could help with pain.
Now, the NFL is beginning to make those steps towards potential reform.
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, NFL doctors participated in a conference call with researchers Monroe has helped to fund with an impressive $80,000 donation.
The group of NFL doctors that spoke with the marijuana advocates were NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and neurological surgeon Russell Lonser, a member of the league’s head, neck and spine committee.
“They are interested in learning more about the potential for cannabinoids to help current and former players, as is evidenced by them taking the call, and also expressed a desire to learn more,” said Marcel Bonn-Miller, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine. “They are definitely showing genuine curiosity, and they are definitely not throwing up roadblocks.”
There is still a long way to go before the NFL would likely alter any marijuana policy, but at least they are willing to listen. That’s at least a positive step forward.
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